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Bavaria’s Data Protection Office Probes Worldcoin’s Iris-Scanning Data Practices

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According to a Monday Reuters article, Bavaria’s State Office for Data Protection Supervision (DPS) is investigating Worldcoin’s data collection methods. This follows Kenya’s Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) and France’s National Commission for Informatics and Liberty (CNIL) inquiries into the Worldcoin project for similar concerns.

Worldcoin, a digital money that uses iris-scanning biometric technology, is being closely examined by data regulators. Worldcoin (WLD) debuted last week. On July 26, 2023, Openai CEO Sam Altman, a Worldcoin co-founder, said people signed up every eight seconds. Worldcoin’s data collection techniques were questioned by France’s National Commission on Informatics and Liberty (CNIL) at week’s end.

“The legality of this [data] collection seems questionable,” CNIL told Reuters last week.

Kenya’s top data body, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC), shared Worldcoin’s concerns after the French report. As reported by Reuters on Monday, Bavaria’s State Office for Data Protection Supervision (DPS) is investigating Worldcoin. Since November 2022, Bavaria’s DPS has investigated Worldcoin’s “sensitive data at a very large scale.”

“These technologies are at first sight neither established nor well analysed for the specific core purpose of the processing in the field of transferring financial information,” state regulator president Michael Will told Reuters via email.

The Worldcoin Foundation hadn’t responded to the news organization’s inquiry. Worldcoin Foundation reported a “robust privacy program” to the French data authorities. The foundation also said it was working with all regulators, including Bavarian authorities. Since debut, Worldcoin has expanded to 119 Orbs in 18 countries.